Business School: Episode 3.17

317bizschool.jpg“Business School”
Season 3 Episode 17
Air Date: February 15, 2007
Summary:
Michael is honored when Ryan asks him to speak at his business class, but the feeling fades when he finds out the real reason Ryan brought him in. Meanwhile, a bat is loose in the office, and Jim comes down with vampire-like symptoms. Later, Pam has her first art show, and receives mixed reviews.

Supplemental Materials
View the Pam Pong scorecard for this episode (coming soon)
View the “Business School” slideshow (coming soon)
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Read an in-depth analysis of Jim and Pam‘s actions in this episode

Episode Summary
From TV.com. An original, and more extensive summery from Flonkerton is in the works
Ryan asks Michael to speak in front of his business class so that he can get extra credit. Michael believes he is giving an informative speech from the point of view of a successful manager. Ryan, however, gives an introduction that suggests Dunder-Mifflin is a doomed company.

Back at the office, Pam announces that she has entered her art into a local show. Dwight discovers animal pellets on the floor, and begins to investigate. Eventually a bat is discovered in the ceiling, escaping into the office to startle the rest of the employees. Jim jumps at the chance to pull a prank on Dwight, and begins to act as if he is turning into a vampire. Dwight’s reaction is to recruit Creed as a fellow vampire hunter.

Michael’s speech, which begins awkwardly as he rips pages out of a textbook, begins to head south as Ryan’s forbidden>Pam’s disappointment at the show becomes unbearable after she over-hears some negative comments from Oscar’s roommate. She begins to take down her paintings, but is stopped by Michael who arrives late and is awed by Pam’s talent. After he asks to buy the portrait of the office Pam gives Michael an emotional hug. Michael hangs the portrait in the office as “an inspiration, a source of beauty.” The episode ends with a shot of Kelly unable to contain herself as Ryan unpacks his things onto the desk next to hers.

Trivia

  • This episode was directed by Joss Whedon, of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame. Apparently it was entirely coincidental that Joss directed an episode with a bat and vampire theme.
  • According to Jenna Fischer, the cast called the live bat Gary, as in Michael Gary Scott.
  • The cast has to be very quiet around the real bat, due to bats being extremely sensitive to sounds. An animatronic bat was used for the flying scenes.
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